Volunteer in the Parks

Let your enthusiasm translate to volunteering. The 1,100 acres of the Emerald Necklace need willing hands and hearts to return the park to the vision of Frederick Law Olmsted. Join the conservancy email list and you will receive invitations to programs, clean-ups and planting projects.

Tuesdays with Roses

Kelleher Rose Garden, Back Bay Fens
Season restarts Spring 2019

Spring – Fall, Tuesday evenings | 5:30 – 7:30 pm
Volunteers work in the Rose Garden deadheading and pruning roses and weeding the rose beds and borders. Training and tools provided.


Woodlands Volunteer Corps (Second Saturdays)

In Franklin and Olmsted Parks
Spring – Fall, second Saturday of each month | 10:00am – 1:00pm
Help implement a comprehensive woodlands management program and promote a healthier forest through activities ranging from removing invasive plant species to conditioning forest soil.
Season restarts Spring 2019


For more information or to create your own volunteer event, contact Field Operations Manager Ellen Arnstein at earnstein@emeraldnecklace.org or 617.522.2700.

To Volunteer

Contact Ellen Arnstein for more information: earnstein@emeraldnecklace.org

For more information on volunteering in the Emerald Necklace as a Corporate Partner, click here.

Upcoming Volunteer Opportunities

Woodlands Volunteer Corps
Franklin and Olmsted Parks
Second Saturdays monthly through November

Volunteer Leader
Leaders will supervise small groups in invasive plant removal and assist our Volunteer Coordinator at large-scale events. We will offer a short training in the history of the Emerald Necklace, invasive plant identification and removal techniques, and group management. Volunteer Leaders will be required to attend three events as supervisors of small groups of volunteers.

Info for Volunteers
What to bring: Long pants, closed toe shoes, hat, all weather clothing, snack, sunscreen and a water bottle.
What is provided: All necessary tools, gloves and instruction.
What to expect: Emerald Necklace Conservancy volunteer work days are typically 3 hours long and involve some type of ecological restoration work such as planting trees or wildflowers, controlling erosion, building trails, or managing invasive species. We’ll teach you everything you need to know about safety and technique, provide you with tools and materials, and help you make a difference in our amazing parks. Expect to have fun, meet people who love the outdoors, and get dirty!
What about the weather: Projects are weather dependent.